Volunteers are a critical part of our mission to protect the land of Sonoma County. Due to COVID-19, our volunteer program is currently on hold and we are unable to accommodate new applications and requests. As soon as it’s safe to do so, we look forward to welcoming volunteers once more.
Volunteer your time to help Sonoma Land Trust ensure that our county’s beautiful, wild and working lands will remain protected for generations to come.
Perks of volunteering with Sonoma Land Trust
As a volunteer, you’ll enjoy:
- Access to beautiful and biodiverse properties
- Educational and skill-building opportunities
- Interaction with a great community of people
- Ongoing appreciation and recognition for your contributions to our mission
Scroll down to explore the many ways you can join our great community of volunteers who help us in this vital work!
Scientists will monitor numerous biological and physical parameters at Sears Point over the next 15 years. This is information that helps the entire restoration community better understand what worked, what didn’t and how natural processes are unfolding there. One of these parameters will be bird use of the site, primarily shorebirds and waterfowl. The scientists collecting the data will be people like you. While we can really use skilled birders, we are looking for anyone with an interest. Trainings will cover data collection and bird ID. Of course, bird ID is learned through long hours in the field. This is a chance to partner up with those more skilled than you and learn. Or, if you already have those skills, it’s an opportunity to share your knowledge. The trainings will be led by consultant Daniel Edelstein who has spent 20 years leading bird surveys and birding trips, and teaches at Merritt College in Oakland.
Conservation Property Monitors
Typically working in teams of two to three, our conservation property monitors visit over 50 protected properties annually. Collectively, these dedicated volunteers monitor more than 7,000 acres of protected land where they hike, photograph, complete written reports and identify issues of concern for our stewardship department. Minimum commitment is two field trips per year, required attendance at an annual training and maintaining a current Land Trust membership.
Event and Office Support
Event volunteers play an integral part in the success of an event by helping with pre-event preparations and providing day-of support. We are grateful when volunteers let us know in advance that they can help “wherever help is needed,” because specific assignments often play out differently than expected.
Office volunteers help with a variety of tasks that can include vacation coverage for a very busy office manager who staffs the front desk and keeps things running smoothly. This is a great role for anyone who thrives in an office environment.
Glen Oaks Ranch Tools & Trail Crew
Be part of the year-round crew that helps care for our historic Glen Oaks Ranch in Glen Ellen. Tasks include clearing and maintaining hiking trails, removing downed trees, and keeping picnic tables and signs clean. You’ll attend an early spring training to learn about annual tasks that will be completed under the supervision of our stewardship team.
This is our updated version of the long-time Go-to- Gang of skilled volunteers who helped with many projects over the years. On-call volunteers possess specific skills and many of their own tools. You’ll be called upon to perform infrastructure maintenance and emergency repairs. Projects occur on various properties throughout the year and often require immediate attention.
Join a crew of volunteers who “adopt” Tolay Creek Ranch along Hwy 121 near Sonoma Raceway and support specific year-round care and maintenance in coordination with our stewardship staff. You’ll help with wintertime erosion control work, including willow staking and native species planting. Spring and summer projects include weeding of native plants and trees, repairs to browse protection cages and vegetation monitoring. Each day begins with a demonstration, so you know exactly what’s expected.
Half to full-day outings combine exploration of our unique properties with rewarding projects. From erosion control to trail maintenance to planting native species and removing invasive species, you’ll break a sweat and gain an insider’s view of our protected lands. Work projects vary in difficulty and time commitment, and are always supported by on-site Land Trust staff.
Sonoma Land Trust offers internships each semester. Internships can range from field work in stewardship to outings with the On the Land program to office assistance opportunities and more. Students at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College are eligible to receive one to two units of academic credit. Visit our internship page for current openings.